4.356 out of 5 from 152 votes
Life is never predictable, but we can always try to emerge from hardships with hope or acceptance. While Yuriko and others struggle with the reality of becoming an adult, others, such as Kasukabe, must try to balance their work and family life. And though Tae has been lost since her mother died, Hozumi will learn what it truly means to live.
20-something Meiko Otani is restless, living day to day with a job she hates and an unemployed boyfriend who'd rather be playing in a band. Like others her age, she struggles to find her place in the world and a purpose in life, so in an attempt to make a fresh start, she makes the decision to quit her job. Together with her friends, Meiko will embark on a journey of self discovery to find what will truly make her happy.
Well of course if you liked either Solanin or What A Wonderful World you would like the other, they have the same mangaka after all. Beyond the inherent similarities in art style and general mood, the first vignette of WAWW essentially was Solanin in miniature, and there were quite a few others that also gave me super-strong deja-vu. Not in a bad way, of course.
Two very moving, seinen titles that will invoke melancholic feelings from anyone who is past the age of 20 and experienced what it's like to grow up.
Same artists and author Inio Asano, the stories are great but the characters are going to grab you and keep you in. Wonderful, unique and completely original concepts on life.
Beautiful People and What a Wonderful World contain short stories that are mostly melancholy but not entirely depressing. In Beautiful People, these are all stand-alones, but WaWW adds the extra dimension of having them all intertwine (a rather nice touch).
After Juri's third suicide attempt, only her aunt Monica cares enough to help her. Monica is a nun who regularly visits convicts and, believing that Juri will provide some insight on these emotionally destitute men, invites her to come along. One such prisoner is Yuu, who is on death row for murder, but has refused all visitors because of the hypocrisy he sees in the religious and other self-proclaimed do-gooders. When the two meet, they realize they have lived through similar turmoil, and agree to reconvene weekly to try to make sense of their lives.
If you're feeling like a tear-jerker... this is the manga to read. Their stories are tragic, but hold an important meaning behind them. The character developments in the story is amazing but it makes you wish it doesn't end the way that it did.